As her children plot the takeover of her retail empire, Emma Harte plans her own counter-moves against them. Emma started life as a maid in the home of Adam Fairley, the wealthy local mill owner. She works hard not only at the Fairley's but also in her own home taking care of her father, two brothers and a bedridden and dying mother. At the manor house, she is particularly attentive to Mrs. Fairley a depressive alcoholic who is unhappily married and whose sister has effectively replaced her in her marriage. Emma soon strikes a friendship with the youngest son Edwin but develops a deep dislike for the oldest boy Gerald. Mrs. Turner, the Fairley's cook warns her that working folk and the gentry don't mix but Emma doesn't care. When she becomes pregnant, she realizes just how far her friendship with Edwin goes and realizes that he will not do the right thing by her. She decides to take Blackie O'Neill's advice and heads for Leeds. Written by
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The storyline involving the older Emma and her family is supposed to be set in the late 1960s since she is about to turn 80 and it is established that Emma was 15/16 in 1905. However, the cars (including the UK licence plates), technology (electronic weighing machines, car phones, etc) and fashions seen are clearly items that belong in the 1980s when the mini-series was filmed. See more